LOCAL farm support charity Rural Support is celebrating after being awarded a total of £45,000 of funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund over the next three years to support its work to reach those farmers and farming families who are in most need of support and build relationships over time.
The organisation will use the funding to support a role in the Farm Support Department to co-ordinate proactive farm support activities and help develop more sustainable outcomes for farm families and farm businesses as they build confidence in their abilities and gain knowledge and skills.
Rural Support first opened its doors in March 2002 on the back of the foot and mouth crisis, providing much needed support to farmers and their families who were coming through an unprecedented crisis on their farms as a result of the disease.
In the 20 years since, Rural Support has grown significantly and evolved its programmes and services to meet the needs and demands of the agri-sector. However, the farmer and the farming family remain at the heart of its work and mission.
The funding from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, which is the only UK-wide charity that empowers family farms and rural communities to survive and thrive, will see more sustainable outcomes for farm businesses and farm families as they build confidence in their abilities and gain knowledge and skills.
Veronica Morris, CEO of Rural Support, said: “We’re delighted that The Prince’s Countryside Fund has recognised the work of our organisation and made this donation. The support of The Prince’s Countryside Fund means we will be able to reach more farm enterprises at an earlier stage and provide guidance and support them in developing more resilience and better outcomes for their business and their family unit.”
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